Summer networking events in Cardiff

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Summer is traditionally thought of as a time when everyone takes a break from ‘business as usual’, but it’s also a time when business owners can benefit from making more connections.

The good news is that, generally, people have more time and energy to invest in making new connections in August and September – especially if they’ve just returned from holiday. So contrary to what you might expect, now can be a really productive time to build your network of business connections.

Here are some events taking place over the next couple of months that are open for bookings now – enjoy #connectingtogether

* Please note, event information is only up-to-date at the time of publishing. Please check individual links below for updates. If you’d like one of your business networking event listings added or updated, please get in touch. Please note, I do not receive any incentive for listing any event.

Zokit: Cardiff Networking Breakfast & FREE Health Club Day Pass

When? Wednesday 1st August, 15th August, 29th August, 12th September and 26th September, 7.30am-9.30am

How much? £15-17

What? ‘Zokit is a business development network spanning Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Bridgend and now RCT. We host refreshingly different networking events, master classes, awards and expos.

‘We start with a delicious buffet / continental / cereal breakfast from 7.30am till approx 8.15am. Over breakfast each business owner is able to give a short introduction of who they are, what benefit their business offers and who they are looking to connect to. Following breakfast, you have an opportunity to choose who you’d like to have your 3 one to one’s with.

‘From approx 8.15am, the breakfast sponsor is able to share a 15 / 20 min presentation on how their business is able to add value and benefit others. This can consist of a product, service, speaker or business education slot. There will be an opportunity to answer any questions following the presentation.

‘From approx 8.45am – we will start the one to ones. We look to finish no later than 9.30am.’

Zokit Vale Light Lunch

When? Thursday 9th August and Thursday 6th September,  12.30-2.30pm

Where? The Old Custom House, Penarth Marina

How much? £15-17

What? ‘A Business Light Lunch is a great way to make connections and develop business relationships. The meeting is upstairs and to the left where we have our own room. Before coming up the stairs make sure you enter your car registration number at reception to take advantage of the free parking.


-Grab a cuppa for a little open networking

– Welcome announcements.

– Fill your plate from the delicious buffet

– 60 second quickfire round to introduce yourself and your business to the room


– Business Wisdom Session (10 minutes):

– Share & Grow facilitated table conversations / One-to-one meetings

– Open networking

Zokit Business Magazine launch party

When? Thursday 23rd August, 4.30-6.30pm

Where? 10 Feet Tall, Church Street

How much? Free

What? ‘Join us to celebrate the launch of the ZOKIT MAGAZINE
showcasing the best & brightest business talent and the freshest inspiration for business owners & directors

-Welcome drinks / nibbles and open networking

– Quick hello from the editorial team + hear about our exciting plans for the next issue

– Open networking and pick up your goody bag with free copy of the magazine

IoD South Wales First Wednesday Club

When? Wednesday 5th September, 5.30-8pm

Where? Cardiff & Vale College

How much? £20+VAT

What? ‘We are delighted that our September First Wednesday Club which will take a slightly different format this month with the event being held at Cardiff & Vale College in the ‘Classroom Restaurant.’

‘Our guest speaker are: Siwan Rees – Director of Business Development and Martin Condy – Learning and Development Business Partner and the title of the talk will be “The future of the workforce is human.”

The evening will also include a cocktail reception, bowl food supper and coffee in the superb surroundings of the Classroom restaurant.

Cardiff Business Club 2018/19 Season Launch 

When? Monday 10th September, 6pm

Where? St David’s Hotel

How much? Free

What? ‘Scott Waddington, Chairman of Cardiff Business Club, requests the pleasure of your company at a drinks reception to mark the launch of the 2018/19 series of dinners for the Club at St. David’s Hotel on Monday 10th September 2018.

‘The Club will welcome Tim Rhys-Evans MBE, Welsh conductor and founder and musical director of the choirs Only Men Aloud! and Only Boys Aloud.

‘Drinks and Canapes will be served from 6.00pm. Dress code: Business attire (ties optional)

‘The event is open to both members and non members of the Club to come and find out a little bit more about the Club. We ask that you register your attendance by the week prior to the event.’

Cardiff Evening BizMums

When? Tuesday 13th September, 7.30-9pm

Where? Cedar Tree Farm Pub

How much? Your first visit is FREE, Returning Guests £6

What? ‘Join your host, Catrin and other businesswomen in your area to promote your business, get support and advice. All decision making business women are welcome to join us.

‘This month’s theme is Marketing so there will be a short talk on this topic.’

Cardiff Breakfast Club: Anne Jessopp, CEO The Royal Mint

When? Thursday 20th September, 7.30am

Where? Sophia Gardens Cardiff Stadium

How much? £35

What? ‘Anne has worked in HR across a number of sectors, gaining manufacturing experience early in her career at Rolls Royce and Procter and Gamble.  Anne went on to gain consumer experience at Thorn and RAC.  Anne was HR Director of an industrial services company and Remploy, before joining The Royal Mint in 2008 as HR Director.

‘Particular areas of focus during her career have involved working with companies who are developing their culture and undergoing significant change.

‘Anne has carried out a number of roles at The Royal Mint since joining as HR Director, leading the core Business Services in the organisation for a number of years before becoming Director of Consumer in 2015. Anne was proud to be part of the team that launched the organisation’s new visitor attraction, The Royal Mint Experience, in May 2016 which received over 100,000 visitors in its first year.

‘Anne has led the strategic diversification of the business, resulting in significant growth based on understanding customers and delivering the services and products that meet their needs.  This has included: Secure Storage, Gifting, Historics, increasing coin collectors, expanding international relationships and tourism within The Royal Mint Experience.

CBI Innovation: Business Insight Conference

When? Thursday 27th September, 8-11.30am

Where? Cardiff School of Management, Cardiff Met

How much? Free for members, £55+VAT for non-members

What? ‘A conference aimed at inspiring, motivating and challenging current business thinking around innovation and productivity

‘Innovation is one of our key drivers for economic growth and job creation, and we are delighted that First Minister of Wales, Rt Hon. Carwyn Jones AM will provide the latest insights and developments from the Welsh Government.

‘Through in-depth plenary presentations, panel discussions and breakout sessions, our expert contributors aim to provide inspired ideas that could improve business performance and lift productivity.’

Introbiz events throughout August-September

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